Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc., the parent company of Checkers & Rally’s iconic drive-thru restaurants, announced that Neil Phillips, a nationally recognized thought leader on black male achievement, minority education, character development and youth empowerment, will join the quick-service company’s Board of Directors.

“We are a brand of hardworking people dedicated to serving our hardworking guests, and we believe in providing opportunity to our teams while we support our communities,” says Frances Allen, president and CEO of Checkers & Rally’s. “Neil’s outstanding work as an educator, entrepreneur, coach and youth advocate over the last 25 years gives him a valuable perspective on many of the communities we serve, and we look forward to working with him to advance our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives.”  

Phillips is the co-founder and CEO of Visible Men Academy and Founder of Visible Men Impact Network. Some of his past posts include: Assistant Headmaster at the Landon School for Boys in Bethesda, Maryland, and the Interim Head of Upper School at the Out-of-Door Academy in Sarasota, Florida. He also served on the Board of Directors for Washington Jesuit Academy in Northeast Washington, D.C., and the United Way of Manatee County in Florida. Phillips is an accomplished public speaker who has presented at the Aspen Institute, The Nantucket Project, Soros Foundation, NASA, and the National Association of Independent Schools, among other prestigious institutions. Mr. Phillips is a graduate of Harvard University who began his career as a professional basketball player in Australia.

“I am looking forward to working with Checkers & Rally’s leadership team and Board of Directors to find meaningful ways to support their diverse franchisee, employee, and consumer base across the country,” says Phillips. “This is a leadership team committed to growing and supporting their people at every level of the operation, and they are dedicated to improving the communities they serve.”

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